Dr. Funk earned his Ph.D. in International Relations (2000) from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. Before commencing his doctoral studies at American University, he completed a B.A in Global Community Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace; at present he is serving as a member of the board of directors for two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network. He has authored or co-authored a number of writings on international conflict resolution, with a special focus on unofficial ("track two") dialogue processes, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacebuilding capacity development. His publications include Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West (University Press of America, 2004) and Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009). Prior to his arrival at Conrad Grebel in 2004, he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
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Abdul Aziz Said
Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace.
For decades Dr. Said has worked to expand the frontiers of international relations scholarship, improve Islamic-Western understanding, and generate new insights into the cultural dimension of world politics. Author of more than 16 books, in 2006 Said published Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, Not Static (co-edited with Meena Sharify-Funk and Mohammad Abu-Nimer) (Routledge Publishers). With co-author Nathan Funk, he published Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East in 2009 (Lynne Rienner Publishers). His most recent research explores frameworks for “localizing” peace practices to sustainably tap cultural resources, support local solutions, and empower agents of social change.
PhD, American University; MA, American University; BA, American University
Localizing Peace: An Agenda for Sustainable Peacebuilding
Nathan C. Funk and Abdul Aziz Said
Peace and Conflict Studies
Volume 17, Number 1
The sophistication of peace operations and complex humanitarian missions has increased in recent decades, resulting in increased international capacity to mitigate organized violence and provide relief to suffering populations. With respect to other indicators of success, however, international peace strategies still leave much to be desired. To address such problems within existing peace processes and to provide a framework for broader preventive action, this paper identifies “localizing peace” as a central challenge for twenty-first century peacebuilding efforts.